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Eagle open space trails set to open April 1, two weeks early

Melanie Wong
mwong@vaildaily.com

EAGLE — The town of Eagle open space department recently announced that with the warm spring, the town’s open space trails will open two weeks early. After consulting with the Division of Parks and Wildlife, and due to the generally dry trail conditions, the town will open all trails on April 1 (instead of April 15).

Additionally, all three loops of the Haymaker Trail are now open. Hikers, mountain bikers, trail runners, dog walkers, equestrians and other trail enthusiasts can get out and enjoy this year’s early spring conditions.

Some higher-elevation BLM trails and on the north facing slopes of Hardscrabble Mountain will likely have some areas of mud due to melting snow, said John Staight, Eagle’s open space coordinator.

“The BLM trails are not technically closed at this time, but proper trail etiquette says that any trail that is muddy should not be used and should be considered closed,” he said.

“Proper trail etiquette says that any trail that is muddy should not be used.”John StaightEagle’s open space coordinator

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The town does issue the following reminders:

Muddy trails are always closed. Please do not bike, hike, run or ride your horse on muddy trails. The town wants to spend the summer improving trails, not repairing damage.

Bikers yield to hikers and equestrians. Hikers yield to equestrians. Equestrians yield to no one so horses don’t get spooked.

The Cycle Effect Trail Jam invites all trail enthusiasts to celebrate the grand re-opening on April 18 on the trails and at The Dusty Boot. The Eagle Outside Festival returns with races, demos and more from May 15-17.


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